Forty years ago, I started my own first business at the tender age of nineteen. The street markets in and around Manchester, England were my happy hunting ground. Every day was an adventure and despite the weather and difficulties of getting a stall on the street market, life was always fun and enjoyable. There was always some comical incident, even when I had to stand in the pouring rain, with no customers in sight. And if there was no amusing event to focus on, I created one and made other people laugh.
Within a few years, I opened a wholesale textile company. I went on to become a very successful businessman not only making money in my original business, but also in commercial property and the stock market. I retired from the business world at forty-six years of age.
After a six-year time-out period, so that I could understand why I was successful with no effort, I reinvented myself and became…An author, poet, philosopher, motivational/inspirational/financial speaker, radio show host, director, producer and many other labels, within the past five years. How was all this achieved with not a mention of the word "work" in my vocabulary…Well, you see, I just enjoy everything I am doing; if it is enjoyable, how can I class it as work?
When I read the headlines in the newspapers describing the corruption and scandals in large and small corporations I wonder why the executives had to lie and cheat to earn money? It is far easier and less risky to make money the honest way, so why do people do things the hard way and end up in disgrace?
Our animal instincts, although contained in a civilized package, can be savage and uncaring, especially in the business world. It has become Dog-eat-Dog.
In life there is always an easy way and a hard way to do everything so how about I share with you five principles of business that cannot fail.
As we climb the ladder of success there are many other folks on higher rungs who may try to kick us down. There are also those who have not got on the first rung yet who will try and pull us down. So how do we cope in a modern day world of hungry hounds eager to get their hands on as much money as possible any way they can?
Levy's Five Principles for Prosperity
Principle Number One: Enjoy Everything.
We should understand the world does not owe us a living. We will succeed or fail by the amount of Joy we have for the project we will call our work. The number one ingredient is enthusiasm and commitment for the job in hand.
We have to understand that very few things will go in the direction we desire and the more we practice our skills, the luckier we will become. We manufacture our own luck, and recognizing opportunities is the key to success.
Every viewpoint, in every business day, has to be explored. Never say no to anything until we have examined every possibility and outcome. Even if we find that it is not what we desire, we leave the door open for future development. If we are only interested in what we can get out of any action of the moment, we are doomed for failure.
Principle Number Two: Give First.
A key ingredient in a successful venture is giving rather than taking. In other words give the best and you will receive the best. If you do not have the ability to give the best, keep on trying different approaches until you can give the best. Whatever you give you will get back in abundance.
There are those who have achieved money and status by devious means. They may have all the trappings of the luxury lifestyle, but they do not possess the clear mind to enjoy the fruits of their labor. Therefore, they are not a success to themselves.
All the stresses and strains of cheating will one day manifest into an illness. You can mislead other people but you cannot lie to your immune system. So, it pays big dividends to give others a helping hand up the ladder of success.
Principle Number Three: Overcome Adversity.
Enjoy the failures more than the successes. Understand there is no such thing as failure. Each lesson learnt, is a lesson gained. Just don't keep making the same mistakes. Everything is a gain, gain situation. Negative people are our stepping stones to wealth. The more they tell us it can't be done, the more energy they give us to get the job done successfully. Adversities are sent to test our resolve. Become a good hurdler and learn how to jump over them.
If we require an answer to a difficult problem we need to solve, we ask any questions we need to solve, a few minutes before we go to sleep-and then forget about it. We then go into a sound, deep sleep.
The next morning, on awakening, we may get an idea from "out-of-the-blue" that solves the issue. If not that morning, then it may take more time to solve. Ask the question every night until the matter resolves itself…and it surely will!
Principle Number Four: Stay Debt-Free.
It is far better to walk before we can run. We must not pile up too much debt. If we cannot afford something, then we work a little harder and longer until we have the funds to expand. I know this is not the modern way of thinking and there are always exceptions to the rule, but being debt-free sure makes for 'Peaceful Sleep.' Being 'Under Pressure' to pay bills is no way to live. Our purpose is to enjoy life and our labor must be a labor of love without demands.
Principle Number Five: Enjoy Endurance.
Remember the three P's: Patience, Persistence, Perseverance. If we trust in our ‘True Self,' we cannot fail. As long as we are enjoying our business activities in the same way as we enjoy our leisure, success is assured.
If it takes a few years more than we thought to achieve our goal, then so much the better, because we have more time to gain extra experience… It will allow for more time to exhibit to people that we are trustworthy and reliable.
Integrity cannot be bought, therefore once we gain authentic credibility, everything else we do eases into its appropriate space. It will eventually mean other business people will regard us as experts in our field. We have mastered time and space.
With the five principles for prosperity deposited into our memory banks, we are ready to build new bridges. Network with all the new and innovative companies in our field.
We are constantly entering new areas of High-Technology. Business today needs new innovation and leadership to succeed. This is year 2005 and new dimensions of thought are needed for success. Therefore, it is now more important than ever to project the five principles of prosperity.
We will also need to understand how to overcome and eliminate worry and anxiety. It is essential to find inner peace and harmony to relieve the burdens of stress.
By allowing our minds the freedom of silence that transcends to higher dimensions, we will find infinite possibilities. Our potential for success is only limited by what we think we know.
That type of limitation can cause great pressure, therefore we require an objective detachment from outside events we cannot control. We can only execute what we are able to perform-and what seems impossible at one moment, we can do at another appropriate-moment-in-time.
When we open our imagination (image-maker), we open the doorway to success. Every human mind has a wormhole in the deepest section of the brain that can take the mind's thoughts into what Einstein called the ‘Creative Mind of God.' Einstein declared that he wanted to know what God is thinking, everything else is mere details…and so it is.
It is never too late in life to explore your mind's links to creativity
Even when we retire from our occupation, we must never retire from life. The secret to retirement is to keep an active mind. I have a friend aged eighty-seven who still enjoys working as a realtor, selling apartments. He tells me it makes him feel like a young pup. There are many hobbies we can enjoy and maybe they will make money? Regular exercise will keep us healthy and it also keeps the sex drive in gear. Aging signifies that life is still a joyride to an active mind.
Just one other point…It is important to note that we will never actual own anything. We only possess what we can take on our eternal journey. We are just renting space and time, so our success is not measured by our bank balance. We live in a materialistic world and to become truly prosperous we need to ascertain that, when we reverse our conditioned mind's way of thinking, we find …( in whatever form our image-creation observes) creativity. A Universal spirit guiding us on an authentic life course. What a power-force to guide us and establish an easy way to follow to prosperity!
Are you now ready to accept success?
All rights reserved © Michael Levy 2004
Michael Levy is the author of four books. The latest is "Invest With A Genius" Michael's poetry and essays now grace many web sites, Journals and Magazines. He is a renowned guest speaker on Finance, Wellness and Inspiration. He has appeared on TV in the USA and UK and many radio stations throughout the world. http://www.pointoflife.com.
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